russia is not allowed

Yakov is also allowed to use Yuuri as a reward scheme for Victor. Wants Victor to turn up to practice on time? Says he can have an hour lunch break with Yuuri. Wants Victor to stick with the training programme instead of jumping too far ahead? Says Yuuri will be upset if he hurts himself. Wants Victor to stop trying to take over Yurio’s coaching? Says that Yuuri will be much more grateful if Victor focuses on only his.

I came into yuri on ice expecting queerbaiting and a good plot.
I came out with a beautiful portrayal of a healthy and happy relationship between two men. Gay in every sense of the word. Russia holds many struggles for gay couples, as does Japan, but this anime allowed two men, together, to work through difficulties separate from their sexuality. Yuri on ice is important to me because it shows that someday, maybe, being gay will be allowed to be happy

animalpetcel  asked:

I was just wondering something, but when I (out of curiosity), looked up the Four Continents, I saw that Europe wasn't included. Doesn't that mean that if season 2 is about this competition, that we wouldn't get to see any of the European skaters again? (Which is sad, because I really wanted to learn more about Emil). Also, is Russia allowed to compete? I couldn't find anything on whether they can or not.

Hmm I suppose this may be unclear to some so let me try to explain:

The Four Continents Figure Skating Championships were established in order to be an equivalent of the European Championships, but, you know, less European. The point was to make a championship that wouldn’t feature European skaters and where skaters from the other continents (both Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania) could compete against each other in an event with similar prestige level to the European Championships. After all, if the best European skaters could have a competition where they are up against solely each other, then why shouldn’t the rest of the world have something similar?

That’s the background info. Now, in terms of Russia - Russia is considered a European country because its capital is located in its European part and most of its population resides in the European part, even if the country has most of its land in Asia. So TL;DR Russia takes part in the European championships (as the anime showed us in a flashback in ep 7, I believe).

But in terms of the anime I wouldn’t worry too much if I were you. We still have no guarantee that the second season will follow the characters during the European, 4CC and World Championships. Chances are, it may be about the Grand Prix Series again. Or it may be about the three I just mentioned and we’ll just see the European skaters in the European championships and the Worlds. :)

What’s also fair to note is that unlike the Grand Prix Series, all three - European, 4CC and Worlds - are single events and not a series of events like the one leading up to the Grand Prix Final (meaning each of those competitions could be wrapped up in 2 episodes, similarly to what we’ve seen this season). The skaters get qualified to start in two of these depending on the country they represent and their previous results this season. This is also why Yuuri didn’t advance to Four Continents the previous year - he got to the GPF but then flopped the Japanese nationals and was thus not chosen as one of the skaters in the Four Continents.

I hope this makes some sense and I hope I could help. :D

Okay this is why we renewed trident. Russia just unveiled the Satan-2 ICBM. They’ve built a misisle that can avoid all our defences and deliver ten 30Megaton warheads. That’s enough to destroy the whole of France or Texas in one misisle. That’s 20,000 Hiroshimas in one missile. By evey international law and treaty it’s illegal for them to make this but they’re sending a pretty strong message.

The misisle will enter production in 2018 and service in 2020. It’s range is 10,000km+ which allows launch from deep inside Russia to avoid destruction during the launch phase. The misisle has a lowered RCS and travels at over 7km/s. The SM3 block II misisle will be in service by this time which has an intercept capability of 10km/s and a range of 1500km, so a mid flight interception is basically our only chance, but the hit probability is looking slim. Once the missile splits it releases 10× 3 megaton or 16 smaller warheads which have a hypersonic glide design, speeds from mach 7-12 to make terminal stage interception by THAAD almost impossible. The impacts of a single misisle would culminate as greater than 60% of the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever made, the Tsar Bomba, although spread over a wider area on the ten separate warheads.
I don’t feel the need to explain what this means for world security in the next decade, but in one misisle Russia is trying to shift global power.

Nadezhda Suslova (1843-1918) was a Russian gynecologist, and the first female physician of any kind in the country. She was awarded her degree in 1867 after studying in Austria and Germany, since Russia had officially banned female students from universities two years prior.

In 1868 she passed an examination which allowed her to practice medicine in Russia, and started doing so in St. Petersburg. In later years, she began offering free services to the poor who could not afford it otherwise, and also opened a public library and a school in the city of Alushta.


Greg McNevin - Nuclear Legacy

In the aftermath of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters, millions were displaced, and once bustling communities became husks of their past selves. While the emptiness of these places is plain to see, radiation, the reason why so many choose not to return to areas declared safe by authorities, is invisible.

In areas of Russia and Japan that have been decontaminated by the government, allowing for people to move back, life has tried to continue but evidence of radiation remains.

Greg McNevin, a photographer working with the environmental group Greenpeace, set out to visualize the radiation that persists in many of these areas. The resulting project juxtaposes radiation data onto long exposure photographs from the affected regions.

Senators are pushing a measure that could prevent Trump from lifting Russia sanctions

(Sen. Lindsey Graham at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015.REUTERS/Brian C. Frank)

A group of US senators is poised to introduce new legislation that would reign in the Trump administration should it seek to lift sanctions on Russia, according to a CNN report published Tuesday night.

Citing a draft of the “Russia Review Act,” the cable network said the proposed legislation would allow a 120-day congressional review of any White House request to lift sanctions on Russia and give Congress final approval authority.

The bipartisan move will be led by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland.

Sens. John McCain, Marco Rubio, Claire McCaskill, and Sherrod Brown have also expressed support.

Rubio told CNN the legislation had received broad support, and he suggested lawmakers could potentially defeat a presidential veto if it came to that.

“I think if there was a real threat of lifting sanctions minus the respect for Ukrainian sovereignty and meeting those conditions, my sense is that we would have the votes to pass that in the Senate and we would be able to pass it with a veto-proof majority,” Rubio said.

Rubio has previously criticized Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he grilled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his Russia ties during his confirmation hearing.

The latest move in the Senate comes after an interview Trump gave to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in which Trump appeared to defend Putin. In response to O'Reilly’s description of Putin as a “killer,” Trump responded: “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

(US President Donald Trump talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone about “mutually beneficial” trade and security, according to the Kremlin.Associated Press/Andrew Harnik)

US officials have had Russia in the crosshairs in recent months because of the cyberattacks they say Russia carried out to destabilize the presidential election — and for the regime’s interference in eastern Ukraine.

The new measure is scheduled to be introduced on Wednesday.

NOW WATCH: Trump on getting along with Putin: ‘There’s a good chance I won’t’

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I feel like Russia and America just get into stupid and nerdy situations. They both don’t know how to be in a relationship so they’re just going with the flow in a very confusing manner. Like America gets flowers and chocolates for Russia but Russia is confused and asks why he did that but America doesn’t know why either he’s just doing what he saw on TV. And when they go out for food and there’s a bowl of mint candy for costumers to take for free when they’re done their meal, they both just start shoving as many as they can in their pockets before they hear someone coming and Russia just picks up the bowl and they run out of the restaurant. Or they perform silly experiments like microwaving the liquid inside a lava lamp just because they’re both super curious. America not knowing if he’s allowed to hold Russia’s hand so he just pinches the end of Russia’s sleeve. And one day Russia sees that America is shivering from being cold but he doesn’t know what to do so he plops his whole body on top of America and America just rolls with it because he’s also so, so confused.
How Japan came to rank worse than Tanzania on press freedom
The state of press freedom in Japan is now worse than that in Tanzania, according to a new ranking from the non-profit group Reporters Without Borders.
By Los Angeles Times

‘Two years ago, the Abe administration pushed through a state secrets bill ostensibly designed to prevent classified information from leaking to China or Russia. But the measure allows for journalists and bloggers to be jailed for up to five years for asking about something that is a state secret, even if they aren’t aware it is one.’

‘In June 2015, members of the party urged the government to punish media outlets critical of the government and pressure companies not to advertise with them.
This year, Abe’s Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi threatened to shut down news broadcasters over “politically biased reports” – something TV and radio laws in Japan empower her to do.
A week later, three television presenters who had been critical of the Abe administration were all removed from their positions.’

There are some very big issues with freedom of press in Japan.

Obama admin reluctantly admits START treaty with Russia is a failure

The START treaty, negotiated by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was supposed to make “a safer world” for everyone.  The treaty was supposedly designed to reduce nuclear weapons proliferation in the world. 

There’s just one problem: while the treaty required the United States to diminish its nuclear arsenal, it actually allowed Russia to increase theirs.  

Under Secretary of Defense Christine Wormuth appeared before Congress to explain the START treaty’s failures.  As usual with Obama administration officials, answers had to be dragged out of her, but eventually she reluctantly admits that not only does Russia have the ability to increase their nuclear arsenal, Russia has also continued to violate previous arms agreements.

here’s the video:

The START treaty is a big  foreign policy black eye for Obama but even more so for Hillary Clinton, who faces the same sort of tough questioning should she decide to run for President. 

Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850-1891) was a Russian mathematician, the first woman in her home country to have that occupation, and the first woman in Northern Europe to be appointed to a full professorship. She had important original contributions in the field of mathematics, concerning analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics.

As women were not allowed to study at university in Russia during her time, she emigrated to Germany to complete her education, and was awarded a doctorate summa cum laude in 1874. Even then, she was not permitted to become a lecturer like she wanted, and only managed to secure a position as a ‘Professor Extraordinarius’ at Stockholm University ten years later. She was eventually granted a Chair in the Russian Academy of Sciences as a result of its rules being altered to allow it.